Health and Lifestyle

PH detects 520 new cases of Delta variant

MANILA – Additional 520 cases of the highly transmissible and dominant Delta variant of the coronavirus have been recorded nationwide, a health official said Tuesday.In an online media forum, Department of Health Epidemiology Bureau OIC-Director Althea De Guzman said the new Delta variant... Read More

Boosters 'worth it' once general population is vaxxed: expert

MANILA – The administration of boosters would be worth it only when the general population has been vaccinated against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), an infectious disease expert said Friday.In a Facebook post, infectious diseases expert Dr. Edsel Salvaña, who is also a member of... Read More

Only 25 adverse events recorded among 23,727 vaxxed minors: DOH

MANILA – A health official said on Thursday only 25 adverse events following immunization (AEFI) were recorded among the 23,727 minors with comorbidities aged 12 to 17 years old who were inoculated against Covid-19.In an online media briefing, Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje noted three... Read More

Covid-19 cases start to rise again globally, says WHO

GENEVA – The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that after months of decline, global Covid-19 case and death numbers had risen slightly week-on-week, with more than 2.9 million infections and over 49,000 fatalities.The number of weekly Covid cases rose by 4 percent, while deaths... Read More

Cebu City 'very low risk' for Covid-19: OCTA

MANILA – Cebu City is now classified as "very low risk" for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as of October 26, the OCTA Research Group said Wednesday.In its latest report, the group noted that the average daily attack rate (ADAR) in the city is low at 1.72 per 100,000 population.“Its... Read More

Brown rice improves farmers’ income, Filipinos’ health

MANILA – Getting the nod of most doctors and leading rice growers in the country, brown rice has greatly improved both the income of farmers and the welfare of Filipinos, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.The World Health Organization suggested including fruits, vegetables, and... Read More

PCHRD eyes further study on VCO's use for Covid-19

MANILA–An official of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) on Tuesday said further study is being eyed on the use of virgin coconut oil (VCO) as an adjunct therapy for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patients. In a webinar, PCHRD Executive Director Jaime... Read More

Nearly 10K minors with comorbidities vaxxed vs. Covid-19

MANILA – Barely two weeks since the pilot rollout of pediatric vaccination, a total of 9,928 children aged 12 to 17 with comorbidities have received their shots against the coronavirus, a health official said Monday.Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the second phase of the... Read More

Parents urged to vaccinate their kids vs. preventable diseases

MANILA – On World Polio Day, the Department of Health (DOH), the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and Rotary International urge all parents to vaccinate their children against preventable diseases, especially polio.In June 2021,... Read More

PH Covid-19 cases continue to drop, rate slows: health expert

MANILA – The number of coronavirus cases continues to drop across all major island groups in the country, an infectious disease expert said Friday.In a Facebook post, infectious diseases expert Dr. Edsel Salvaña, who is also a member of the Department of Health (DOH) Technical Advisory... Read More

Covid-19 reproduction number in NCR down to 0.46: OCTA

MANILA – The coronavirus reproduction number in the National Capital Region (NCR) has dropped to 0.46 from 0.59 last week, the OCTA Research Group reported Friday.Over Twitter, OCTA Research Group fellow Guido David said the seven-day average of new cases also went down to 1,044 from last... Read More

Nearly 3.5K minors with comorbidities vaxxed vs. Covid-19

MANILA – A total of 3,416 children aged 12 to 17 with comorbidities have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, a health official said Wednesday.Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said more hospitals are eyed to participate in the pediatric vaccination program.“Nagpaplano na... Read More

Bulacan launches vax program vs. measles, polio

CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan – The Department of Health (DOH), in collaboration with the provincial government of Bulacan, launched on Monday an immunization program that would protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases.The community-based immunization program for the young population... Read More

NegOr posts 75% lower dengue cases from January this year

DUMAGUETE CITY – The province of Negros Oriental has recorded a lower number of dengue cases for the first 10 months of this year compared to the same period in 2020, based on a report of the Department of Health (DOH) here.The report showed a total of 562 dengue cases in the province with... Read More

Running enthusiasts turn to virtual races amid pandemic

MANILA – Before Covid-19, weekend runs dotted the streets and even dirt trails -- from kiddie races to punishing marathons and ultra runs of up to 100 kilometers.The pandemic however reduced most races to virtual editions, where runners run at their own pace, outside or on treadmills,coverthe... Read More

PH employees want to get inoculated vs. Covid-19: study

MANILA–A recent study done by a health maintenance organization (HMO) showed that most Filipino employees want to get inoculated against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Only 7.6 percent of the 2021 PhilCare Wellness Index's 1,500 respondents from across the country said they did not want... Read More

RDC-7 wants PhilHealth breast cancer benefit package amended

CEBU CITY – The Central Visayas Regional Development Council (RDC) is requesting the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) to amend its guidelines for the Type Z Benefit Package particularly for early-stage breast cancer patients.The package is being offered to PhilHealth members to... Read More

BARMM turns over 3 barangay health stations in Marawi

COTABATO CITY – Health authorities in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) turned over Tuesday three barangay health stations (BHS) amounting to PHP9.9 million in Marawi City to better respond to the people’s health needs.Dr. Bashary Latiph, BARMM health minister,... Read More

San Fernando among most improved LGUs in environmental health

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – This city is one of the three local government units (LGUs) in Central Luzon that were recognized as among the country’s most improved in terms of environmental health services.The announcement was made through a digital conference hosted by the... Read More

QC quarantine facilities occupancy rate shrinks to 51%

MANILA – The occupancy rate in Quezon City’s Hope community caring facilities used as quarantine and isolation sites for asymptomatic, mild and moderate coronavirus disease (Covid-19) positive patients are now down to 51.01 percent.As of September 22, only 884 of the city’s 1,733... Read More